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Virgin’s Vows

Virgins’ vows, Out-of-the-Box Theatre, at Bailiwick Arts Center. Given that many young artists consider anything written before 1975 “period drama,” Out-of-the-Box Theatre’s selection of an obscure 1833 comedy by Polish playwright Aleksander Fredro is commendable. But even in Noel Clark’s breezy translation, Virgins’ Vows is too derivative to be entertaining. The plot concerns two country-raised […]

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Cubanismo!

CUBANISMO! Between our government’s foolish embargo and the proliferation of watered-down pop salsa, many of Cuba’s most potent musical traditions have lost their currency. And though he’s been living in London for the past four years, trumpeter Jesus Alema–y seems hell-bent on resuscitating them. On the two albums by his 14-piece band, Cubanismo!, Alema–y is […]

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Me and My Girld

ME AND MY GIRL, Drury Lane Oakbrook. In 1937, when this evergreen musical debuted, the English monarchy had been shaken by a most unsuitable liaison between the king and an American divorcee. Here Bill Snibson, an East End bloke suddenly proclaimed the long-lost 14th earl of Hareford, must choose between noblesse oblige and true love. […]

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Visitor’s Guide

Madison Wisconsin Madison’s firefighters and gays and lesbians tend to head to different haunts. Here’s where you might find some of each. Many of those who quash Madison’s blazes get their after-hours drinks at the Caribou Tavern (703 E. Johnson, 608-257-5993), a cramped bar owned by retired police officer Denny Schmelzkopf. Schmelzkopf has never given […]